Now more than ever: Honoring heroes in corrections and nursing

AFSCME Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman issued the following statement:

This week marks a time when we honor two professions that are among the most crucial to public health and safety: correctional officers and nurses.

National Correctional Officers Week is May 3-9, and National Nurses Week is May 6-12.

AFSCME Local 3504 (Claremont Nursing Home) members on the job with masks and face shields.

AFSCME Council 13 is proud to represent workers in both of these lines of work. Their work is always valuable, and the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has highlighted just how much our country relies on them.

Already dangerous jobs have become even more so due to the outbreak. Correctional officers and nurses embody what it means to be on the front lines. They are the essential of the essential. They are nothing short of everyday heroes, and we are extremely grateful for them, now more than ever.

AFSCME Local 691 (UPMC Altoona) members on the job.

We would be remiss if we didn’t also acknowledge clerical, maintenance, food service, and housekeeping staff, as well as nursing aides and probation and parole officers. Their contributions in and around the corrections and nursing fields keep workplaces running and communities safe.

AFSCME Local 1738 (Lancaster County Prison) member Bill Jones.

When all else is uncertain, we can be sure that our sisters and brothers in corrections and nursing are there for us, despite the multitude of risks. We cannot thank them enough, and we will continue the fight for fair pay and safe working conditions in their honor.